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Medications

There are medications for just about anything, whether it's a headache or something more serious. Get informed about prescription and over-the-counter drugs and medicine.


Can you take ibuprofen with antibiotics?

Mixing medications is always tricky – the last thing you want is a cocktail of side effects that makes you feel sick. But fear not! There's really only one class of antibiotics to watch out for when it comes to adding pain relief.

Are we still discovering new antibiotics?

A crisis requires immediate and decisive action. But in the case of finding new antibiotics to combat resistant strains of bacteria, there's been little progress. Let's find out why.

Can antibiotics damage your eyes?

Some antibiotics cause red, itchy or dry eyes (or all three), but the majority of infection-killers aren't known for their vision side effects. There is one big exception, however, and doctors prescribe these drugs far more often than they should.

Do antibiotics affect your birth control?

"Better safe than sorry" is a dubious maxim when applied to medication prescriptions. If you're on the pill and holding a script for penicillin, just how worried should you be about an unintended pregnancy?

5 Realities of a Post-antibiotic World

You know how bad guys never die in horror movies? Bacteria are rapidly becoming like that. So how do we wipe out bacteria and the resulting infections without antibiotics?

How do painkillers know where you hurt?

As children, we couldn't use fancy words to describe our scrapes, but we could point and wince, and somehow the medicine knew where we hurt. It still does. How?

What are cortisone shots?

Cortisone shots are injections given to reduce swelling and pain. Learn more about corticosteroids in this article.

What is super aspirin?

"Super aspirin" is a new type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Learn more about super aspirins in this article.

10 Types of Heart Drugs

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of people in the United States. A diagnosis of heart disease doesn't spell out certain doom, however. Exercise and a healthy diet are one way to fight it, and fortunately, nowdays there are many safe and effective drug treatments as well.

Psychosomatic Medicine, a medical approach that emphasizes mental factors as a cause of disease.